This post is part of a series by Shannon Kaiser called Live Your Life — a primer on finding your passion and living with purpose. Each day this week, we'll post one article offering the foundational elements you need to go deeper in the search for your life's true meaning. When you're ready to take the next step, check out Shannon's course: Get Unstuck: How To Find Your Calling & Live A Life With More Meaning.
One of the most common questions I get asked as a life coach is, "How do I find my purpose?" Many of us are so used to going through the motions of life that we forget it's even an option.
A better question to ask yourself might be, "What is important to me? What do I care about?"
I spent years feeling lifeless, lacking true passion or purpose, and realized a big part of the issue was the questions I was asking (and not asking) myself.
I often said things like, “Why me? Why don’t I know my purpose?” These questions kept me in a cycle of hopelessness. The questions we ask can be more important than the answers to those questions.
Asking stronger questions became a key part of finding my life purpose. These questions became pivotal in my healing process. Flash-forward to today: My life looks radically different, and I am living my dream life full of passion and purpose.
To this day, I align myself with powerful questions every morning. Only by asking different questions can you get different results.
If you're eager to find your own passion and purpose, ask yourself these questions:
1. What did I love to do as a child?
2. When do I feel like my best self?
3. Where do I feel the happiest?
4. Who brings me joy and makes me feel loved and supported?
5. What do I value most in other people and myself?
6. When do I feel most joyful?
7. What inspiration, idea, or vision keeps coming to me?
8. When do I lose track of all time because I am so in tune with the task at hand?
9. Who inspires me with their passion and purpose?
10. What do I want to be known for?
11. If I could do anything in the world without worrying about time, money, or energy restrictions, what would I do?
12. When do I feel the most peace?
13. If I knew I was going to die in one year, what would I do, and how would I want to be remembered?
14. When do I feel the most authentic? What am I doing? Who am I with?
15. What message does my future self have for me?
16. Where does my mind drift when I daydream?
17. How do I want to feel?
18. What’s not working in my life?
19. When am I the most happy and free?
20. What do I do most naturally, with effortless ease?
21. What do I currently need in my life that I am not getting?